Can Mindfulness Make you a Better Parent?

Mindfulness for parents is about being completely present to, aware of and accepting what is happening right now, without judgment or over-concern. Parents race through days, planning ahead, anticipating issues, always on the move. Being mindful helps parents to stop, notice and appreciate the happy and joyful moments as they arise. When parents are confronted … Continue reading Can Mindfulness Make you a Better Parent?

Summer is here!

Striving to Love without condition Support without expectation Dream without promise Only expressing hope in quiet daily prayers Days brim with New knowledge Unfamiliar challenges Different experiences Gripping with each step Summoning patience Cheerleading with enthusiasm We are not there …. yet There is always more to overcome to accomplish to do We seem to … Continue reading Summer is here!

I will begin to trust you

I wrote this poem after I paused to reflect in mindfulness, to cultivate my ability to trust.  One afternoon, I was getting increasingly frustrated about the extended time one of my children was spending on the computer, in the name of homework and revision.  The conversation began with a casual reminder from me, to shut her laptop down once she … Continue reading I will begin to trust you

Acceptance

What does it mean? A chasm exists from where I am To where I want to be Vast with fear Wide with what-ifs Seemingly insurmountable Acceptance brandishes courage Imposes upon time Pleads forgiveness Implores non-judgement Articulates self-love Acceptance challenges beliefs Rocks foundations Shifts paradigms Reframes boundaries Manifests transformation Acceptance Is not resignation Is not surrender nor … Continue reading Acceptance

Fighting the Demon that Rises during Homework Watch

I sit in silence Duct tape over my mouth An invisible hand resting over my quickening heart Taking deep and deliberate breaths Trying hard to unclench my jaws Releasing my strained temples Softening the gaze of my enlarged eyes Unfurling my pleated brow An observer of procrastination I stop the words that are clamouring up … Continue reading Fighting the Demon that Rises during Homework Watch

Starting the book of your life with A, B, C

Yesterday I woke up, very cognisant of the date and upcoming events for many of my friends and their children, who are peers of my eldest child. It was the day, most twelve year olds in Singapore would receive the results of their Primary School Leaving Examinations. To each and every student, this is my letter to you. … Continue reading Starting the book of your life with A, B, C

Magical Journeys: from Mayhem to Mindfulness

At 8 o’clock in the evening, I can be seen herding my three children up the stairs to their bedroom with enough enthusiasm to match a team of bouncy cheerleaders on the sidelines of a premiership game: “C’mon girls! Let’s Go! Go! Go!” We race up the stairs together—“Last one to the room has to turn off the lights!” Squealing … Continue reading Magical Journeys: from Mayhem to Mindfulness

LAUGHTER

Written together with my children. Laughter starts with a giggle. Laughter is noise added to a smile. Laughter is living in the moment. Laughter is spontaneous. Laughter is impulsive. Laughter is real. Laughter is authentic. Laughter is sharing love. Laughter relaxes. Laughter is playful. Laughter is pure delight. Laughter is loud. Laughter is liberating. Laughter … Continue reading LAUGHTER